Spotlight On - Might & Magic: Heroes VI - The Sanctuary Faction Revealed

Ubisoft and Black Hole Games take the wraps off Heroes VI's new playable faction--a race of snake-people who believe in samurai honor. Exclusive video inside.

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Might & Magic: Heroes VI is making a lot of changes to the Heroes of Might & Magic series (not the least of which is changing the actual name of the series), but many of these new additions will add to the series in intriguing new ways. One of Heroes VI's most unusual new additions is the Sanctuary faction, also known as the Nagas.

The Sanctuary faction draws upon mysticism and militarism from the Far East.
The Sanctuary faction draws upon mysticism and militarism from the Far East.

Given the name, you might guess that these snakelike people were somehow influenced by the six-armed, sword-wielding academy creature from Heroes of Might & Magic III. But they're actually a brand new faction of snake people whose design was apparently influenced by the samurai of the Japanese Sengoku-Jidai era, as well as Shaolin monks and East Indian mysticism. The faction's philosophy focuses on oneness with self, honorable single combat, and embracing nature in its architecture.

The noble kirin strides into battle in Might & Magic: Heroes VI.
The noble kirin strides into battle in Might & Magic: Heroes VI.

The Sanctuary faction's primary use of magic is tied to water; whether that is through bless spells that strengthen its armies or through offensive spells that summon tsunamis to smash its enemies. The faction's might hero is the shogun, and its armies will include sword-wielding snakemen, snake-haired priestesses, and a powerful dragon known as the kirin. Watch the trailer and enjoy exclusive new screenshots of this faction in action.

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